Skara Brae, Orkney Island, northern Scotland


People inhabited this neolithic village from 3200 - 2200 BCE.  Few trees grew on this windswept coastal island, so stone, whalebone and driftwood were used in construction.  The village featured 8 rooms like this one, with central fireplaces, beds and dressers formed of stone.  Little can be known about these peoples' spiritual lives; however, their architecture was similar to that of nearby and contemporary Maes Howe.  Maes how is a Newgrange style passage and chamber monument, and is aligned to the Equinox sunset.  This would indicate that they were very concerned with marking the turning of the seasons, and may have shared ideas of rebirth via being placed in the earth and revitalized by the sun.

This Skara Brae dresser in a nearby museum is set up with implements found in the area, in an attempt to show how it may have looked when in use.

A sign at the site on the discovery of the site when storm blew away the covering sand, and its' subsequent excavation, in the 1850's.